David Hockney, Walking Man
I think this a marvellously expressive work, and a fine example of Hockney's Pop Art style of the 1960s, which is perhaps the most innovative period of his work. 1500 copies of Walking Man were issued by Galerie Krugier, Geneva, in Suites 8, a portfolio marking the exhibition Rencontres; Jeune Peinture et Sculpture Internationales. 200 copies were hand-signed; mine is one of the 1300 initialled in the stone. This lithograph was probably printed by Gallay in Geneva, but the 7 original lithographs in the portfolio were printed at ateliers in Paris, Zurich, and Geneva, and it is not explicitly stated which was printed where. I'd be interested to know if Hockney realised when he made the lithograph that the finished prints would have a vertical central fold; if he did, he decided cheekily to position his walking figure right in the centre of the sheet. Another cheeky element to this work is that Hockney must have known that Galerie Krugier also represented Alberto Giacometti, so this walking man is in part a witty tribute to Giacometti's. The other lithographs were by various European Pop Artists: Horst Antes, André Bertholo, Henri Luginbühl, Bernard Rancillac, Hervé Telemaque, and Ghislain Uhry.